Aston Villa have suffered a setback in their search for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as the south coast club are not in desperate need of selling one of their star players to generate funds.
What is the last?
According to sky sportsThe 25-year-old is in no rush to leave Amex Stadium this month, despite interest from the Gaviotas’ Premier League rivals Villa. Furthermore, Brighton manager Graham Potter has stated that he is “confident” that Bissouma will stay at the club beyond this month.
Mali’s focus will currently be on his country’s fortunes in the Africa Cup of Nations, with Sky stating his future will be clearer once he has returned to the UK from international duty. However, the midfielder admitted in September that it would be his “dream” to play for a Champions League club after Manchester United and Liverpool were linked with raids.
In the past week, the athletic reported that Brighton will demand a fee of around £50m if they are to let their midfield master leave after three and a half years on the south coast. At the time, the 25-year-old was hugely impressed, and Gary Linker tagged him. “exceptional” last april.
Steven Gerrard wants to be gutted
While a deal for Bissouma may be completed in the summer, Gerrard will be desperate to add a quality midfielder to his ranks, especially as Marvelous Nakamba is expected to be out until April with a knee injury.
Furthermore, according to SofaScore, the 25-year-old has averaged a classification 7.21/10 in the Premier League this season. That is significantly higher than by Luis 6.95 and by Nakamba 6.65 though McGinn he has a slightly better average of 7.35.
Last season, Bissouma done impressive 104 tackles and 64 interceptions in 36 Premier League appearances, an average of 2.9 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game. This term, the Malian has improved, averaging 3.6 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game, while also posting a 71% dribbling success rate and 89% passing accuracy.
Will Bissouma leave Brighton this window?
It’s clear why numerous clubs, including Villa, are circling the Brighton midfielder and why his price tag is substantial. There is little doubt that Bissouma would improve Gerrard’s midfield, but the 41-year-old may have to be patient if he wants to bring the Malian to Villa Park, or look elsewhere if an immediate solution is required.
As it is, the manager may be gutted that his team’s chances of landing the 25-year-old this month look slim at best.